OCD Treatment Group

The OCD treatment group is a 12 week programme designed to help you better cope with and manage your current symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques the group will explore the theory surrounding OCD and help you to understand your problem from a theoretical point of view. We will look at what is maintaining your OCD and formulate your OCD symptoms which will help you to understand how we can manage them. Weekly you will learn a range of cognitive and behavioural techniques which we will build upon, each week you will be set homework related to the topic of that week which will aid your understanding and your recovery.


Get Grounded! – New Mindfulness Group Now Open

Get Grounded is a 12 week programme which will teach you techniques to be able to better cope with stress and improve your well-being. The programme will introduce practical Mindfulness based techniques which will help to transform your everyday life and help you develop a greater understanding of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.  By increasing your awareness you will become less likely to react in your current automatic response and be able to react in a more positive and balanced way. The range of discussions, practices and techniques will help you to become more focused, relaxed, aware, and present.

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New Men’s Group – Problematic Sexual Behaviours – September!

Available this fall is the The Initial Treatment Programme for men with compulsive or problematic sexual behaviours.  Led by Dr Thaddeus Birchard, the group is a safe, confidential place to discuss the impact of behaviours on your life.  It is also a good place to gain understanding of why the behaviour exists and start the process of  change.  Starting: 12 September (12 evenings plus one weekend 18/19 November), 7:30PM-9:30.

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Women’s Group – Coping with Discovery of Sexual Compulsivity

The Women’s Group is offered to female partners of men with sex addiction and sexually compulsive behaviours.  The group provides a safe, confidential place for you to speak about your emotions upon discovery, and helps you process your thoughts and overall experience.  We help you gain additional insight into sexually compulsive behaviours, and put primary importance on helping you take care of yourself as you take each step day by day. Both a lunchtime and evening group are being offered to provide support whatever your schedule:

Lunchtime group: (6 weeks), 1 – 2:30 PM starting 18 September

Evening group (12 weeks), 7 – 8:30 PM starting on 20 September


COSRT approval of CPD hours – Diploma in Sex Addiction/Compulsivity

The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) has approved 69 hours of continuing professional development for the Marylebone Centre’s (Level 6) Diploma in Sex Addiction/Compulsivity.  This adds to the Diploma’s accreditation by Middlesex University.  The Diploma is also one of the few approved by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC).

Creating opportunity for clients seeking support

We often hear from clients and therapists of long waiting lists and a lack of support in many parts of the UK for clients and their partners seeking help with sexually compulsive behaviours.  Referred again and again until finding a suitable therapist, some clients travel great distances to see a qualified practitioner.

Building a collaborative network of specialised therapists

Our training programme aims to provide the theoretical knowledge, ethical competence, and practical confidence to work with out of control sexual behaviours.  More information and a downloadable brochure about our Diploma programme in sex addiction therapy can be found on our ‘Training’ page, or by contacting Cecily Criminale, Director of Education (

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Newly released: “Sex Addiction Treatment in the UK”

Dr Thaddeus Birchard describes the development of the understanding and treatment of sexual addiction in the United Kingdom (UK) in his latest article for Sex Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention (2017, v. 24, issue 1-2).  Dr Birchard gives an overview of major contributors, their work, and the founding of professional and self-help organisations in the UK dedicated to treating those presenting with sexual addiction and their partners.


Psychology Today Interviews Dr Birchard

The Book Brigade at Psychology Today have published their interview with Dr Birchard regarding compulsive sexual behaviours and the latest book Overcoming Sexual Addiction: A Self Help Guide. Read it here.


The Law and Sexual Behaviours – Marylebone Centre Diploma Programme

We are delighted to announce that Nigel Richardson, criminal defence solicitor with some 30 years’ experience and a deputy District Judge sitting in the Magistrates court, will be bringing his expertise on English law, sexual behaviours, and therapeutic considerations to the Marylebone Centre Diploma programme.  Nigel heads up the large and thriving criminal litigation department at Hodge Jones and Allen, a multi-disciplinary practice in Central London. Over that time he has represented clients accused of the whole range of criminal offences.  Nigel also advises and represents people in the sex industry and has a somewhat niche practice advising commercial or professional organisations on their potential criminal liability for materials they may publish or have in their possession.


Adolescents and Compulsive Sexual Behaviours – Marylebone Centre Diploma

John Woods will be sharing his expertise on working with adolescents and teens with compulsive sexual behaviours with participants on the Marylebone Centre Diploma Programme.  John has specialised in helping people with problematic sexual behaviour.  He has worked as a psychotherapist in the NHS and as a Consultant Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic, London.  John is also qualified as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Group Analyst. A published author of a book on juvenile sexual offending, Boys Who Have Abused and co-editor of Forensic Group Psychotherapy,  he has written numerous papers on clinical topics, published in various learned journals, including a number of articles on internet pornography use.

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Diploma in Sex Addiction Therapy (Level 6)

Applications for places on our Diploma programme are now being accepted on our London and Edinburgh venues.  Places are limited for Fall 2017. This programme helps therapists work competently and confidently with clients, partners, and couples struggling with compulsive sexual behaviours.   The Marylebone Centre’s Diploma in Sex Addiction Therapy (Level 6) is accredited by Middlesex University and approved by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.  Successful completion of the Diploma meets one of the requirements towards becoming a Qualified Member of ATSAC.  Download our online brochure and learn more about our programme.  (This course delivered by The Marylebone Centre can lead to the award of credit points by Middlesex University. This course does not result in the award of a Middlesex qualification.)